Professional rodeo returns to Monroeton on Sept. 7
For the second year in a row, a professional rodeo is being held this summer in Monroeton.
The Rawhide Rodeo Company of Leicester, N.Y. will be holding the 2014 Monroeton Rodeo at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7 in Mountaineer Park in Monroeton, said Merle Bair, rodeo chairman at the Monroe Hose Company.
As was the case last year, the rodeo is being held as a fundraiser for the fire company.
"We did real well with it (last year)," Bair said. "People asked us about bringing it back. We hope it continues year after year."
More than 1,400 people attended last year's rodeo in Monroeton.
Last year, there were about 25 or 30 cowboys and cowgirls competing in the event, Bair said. This year, the number of contestants will probably be higher, because there will be larger cash prizes being awarded, he said.
The size of the prizes is still not known, because they depend on the number of contestants that will sign up for each event, but the first-place prizes at the larger events in the 2014 Monroeton Rodeo will probably be around $1,200 each, said Sam Swearingen, owner of the Rawhide Rodeo Company.
The contestants in the 2014 Monroeton Rodeo will either be people who make their living competing in rodeos or people who supplement their main job with income from rodeos, he said.
The Monroeton Rodeo is sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association and the American Professional Rodeo Association (APRA).
The events at the 2014 Monroeton Rodeo will be bull riding, steer wrestling, bare back bronc riding, saddle back bronc riding, calf roping, team calf roping, and cowgirl barrel racing, Bair said.
Swearingen said he thought last year's Monroeton Rodeo went very well, and said he thought this year's edition would have similar results.
"I think it will be a very good rodeo," he said.
As was the case last year, a large rodeo is held in Quebec at the Saint-Tite Western Festival, right after the Monroeton Rodeo, so it's expected that a lot of contestants will be competing at the Monroeton Rodeo while on their way to the Quebec event, Swearingen said.
Chad Alesky of the Monroeton area, who competed in the 2013 Monroeton Rodeo and is planning to ride in the event again this year, said there is local interest to have rodeos, as shown by the fact that the grandstands were full for the bull-riding competition at the Troy Fair earlier this month.
There will also be kids' competitions at the 2014 Monroeton Rodeo, including a "calf scramble," where 10 to 12 calves are placed in the arena, and ribbons are attached to three of their tails. Children compete to see who will be the first to catch a calf and remove a ribbon from one of the calves' tails. The ribbons are fastened with surveyor's tape to the tails, so the ribbons come off the tails very easily, Swearingen said.
"Early Bird" tickets, which are $10 for adults ages 16 to 61 and $2 for children ages 5 to 15, are currently on sale and will be available through Aug. 31. Starting Sept. 1, tickets will be $12 for adults and $4 for children. Children 4 and under are admitted free.
At the gate, tickets are $12 for adults and $4 for children.
At the gate, adults 62 and older with ID will be admitted for $8.
People currently serving in the military, including the reserves, will be admitted free at the gate with a current military ID.
Tickets are now on sale at Shores Sisters Farm Market in Wysox, Flynn Beverage in Wysox, Shaffer Feed Mill in Monroeton, T-Town Bakery in Towanda, Sullivan Review in Dushore, the Canton Independent, Bradco Printers in Troy, the Wyalusing-Rocket, Julie's Country Kitchen in Troy, Fulmer's Tire in Sayre, and Sayre Tractor Supply.
Tickets will also be sold at the Aug. 1 First Friday event in Towanda.
You can also buy tickets online at monroetonrodeo.com.